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BarbaraBB
Jenny | Jonas Gardell
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I am ready for boarding the 10 hours flight back home and I think I have great company: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino. I loved The Devotion of Suspect X so I am looking forward to this Japanese #thriller!

#JennyIs30

TrishB Safe travels 😘 8h
Suet624 Best wishes on your travel. 8h
JennyM Safe flight home ✈️ 🏠 6h
Kalalalatja Safe travels 💕 5h
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Cinfhen
Double Indemnity | James M. Cain
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Special thanks to @jenniferw88 because if it wasn‘t for her #JennyIs30 challenge I might not have read this brilliant #HardBoiledCrime classic 🤓 Walter Huff, an insurance agent quickly becomes seduced by a femme fatale in a plot to murder her husband and receive the double Indemnity payout clause for an accidental death. As with most schemes, things never go exactly as planned. With limited pages this book shocked me!!! Tight & solid.

LeahBergen I read this years ago (and can hardly remember it, of course 😆). 10h
wanderinglynn The movie adaptation is excellent. 9h
jenniferw88 Glad you're finding some new favourites! 😊😘 9h
erzascarletbookgasm I think I‘ve watched the movie, sounds familiar! now
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TheAromaofBooks
The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Finished this one yesterday with many a mixed feeling. There are a lot of things to love about this book, but a strong plot definitely isn't one of them. It's a beautifully written but incredibly meandering book with characters that somehow always seem distant. I wasn't bored reading this book, but it was also a lot more work to read than it should have been. ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) With multiple layers and stories, sometimes it felt like this one was trying a little too hard to be clever. Still overall a pick, and a book I would like to read again now that I kind of know what is going on. 13h
TheAromaofBooks Challenges: Using this as the LGBT+ Love Story for both #Jennyis30 @jenniferw88 and #FancifulFebruary @4thhouseontheleft || #TurningPagesBingo - Fantasy || #FebruaryBookBingo - 3-word title 13h
robinb Great review! 13h
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TheAromaofBooks @robinb - Thank you! I struggled with rating this one. There was so much that I really loved about it, but overall it just felt like a little too much. I don't think that a person should have to read a 500 page book twice just to understand what's happening lol I also struggled because a lot of the “why“ for character action was “for LOVE“ except the characters “in love“ had only talked to each other like... once. So I didn't completely buy it lol 13h
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Totally understand. I‘ve heard mixed reviews on it. I‘ve sorta come to the conclusion that it sounds like a bit too much work for me. 🤣🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ 13h
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - it was frustrating because there is so much good there. The descriptions and world-building are lavish and magical, and Morgenstern can turn a phrase in a way that really grabs you. But it was a cotton candy kind of book - at the end of the day, there just wasn't much substance to the story. Oh well. Keep it on your list for sometime when you really have time to immerse yourself into a book!! 12h
BookishMe 👍🏽REVIEW 👍🏽 I was planning to read this before resuming Night Circus (love the writing but distracted by other books - Yikes ;o) I will manage expectations for this fantasy 😊😊 12h
robinb @TheAromaofBooks 👍👍😊 12h
TheAromaofBooks @BookishMe - I definitely didn't love this one as much as The Night Circus. The writing in both is gorgeous, but TNC has a more cohesive plot, I think. 12h
BookishMe @TheAromaofBooks good to know! Thanks 11h
nukie19 Good to know! This just came in from the library for me and it will be my next up... 5m
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TheAromaofBooks
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Finally finished my February #bookspin pick!! If you enjoy Breakwell's social media, you'll like this book. It got repetitive in parts (personally, I think his perfect writing length is his weekly newsletter) but was still good fun. Breakwell makes me laugh a lot for free, so I am always happy to order his books as a thank you if nothing else!

TheAromaofBooks Favorite quote: “If your child falls off the bed and hits their head, but might wonder if you need to take your child to the emergency room. You don't. If it were a real emergency, you would know, because you would be on your way to the emergency room instead of wondering if you could keep your child home to save some money. In a real crisis, your survival genes override your cheapness genes.“ 😂 13h
TheAromaofBooks Challenges: Slightly stretching here, but going with Satire for #Jennyis30 (of a parenting book) @jenniferw88 and also self-care for #FebruaryBookBingo - I think learning to survive in case I ever get thrown into the Harry Potter universe is definitely self-care! 😁 13h
BookishMe Glad to know cheapness genes is not uncommon! Lol 12h
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Cinfhen
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#BookReport
#week19

After a little hiatus I‘m back with a small book report...
Completed 3 books over the past 14 days, I just couldn‘t pick up a book, my brain was already working on information overload 🥺As you can see I did LOTS of bailing 😬

I‘m on page 13 of Wolf Hall but i feel like my concentration is off, I think I need something light ( Any suggestions?!?)
Working on #HardBoiledCrime for #JennyIs30

Hooked_on_books If you‘re up for light and banana pants bonkers, I‘d go with Tim Dorsey. His books are so nuts they usually snap me out of wherever my head is and they‘re funny. 5d
Freespirit Missed your input. Hope all well. I have patches where no book engages me too...i do a crime novel then..something juicy😳 5d
Kalalalatja I‘m keeping my eyes on this post for some light suggestions. I can‘t really concentrate either these days, so I feel you! 5d
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Megabooks Maybe it‘s time to get our severance?? I know we both picked it up, and I don‘t think you‘ve read it either?? It‘s supposed to be satire. Also, on the nonfiction side, dad and I started Mobituaries today and it‘s a funny audiobook. 5d
MissAimz_55 When I need a book palette cleanser I usually go back to a favorite reread. I also tend to do YA or chick lit. I think anything by rainbow Rowell is good. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll find something that sticks. I‘m reading this, light and brilliant! 5d
Cinfhen Thanks for all the awesome suggestions @erzascarletbookgasm @MissAimz_55 @Freespirit @Hooked_on_books I‘m checking my shelves and my online resources to see if any of those options are available xx as an aside 2 library holds came in so I may start one of those 🤞🏽💓 5d
Cinfhen @Megabooks I‘ve heard Mobituaries is really funny, I think I may try that if it‘s available on Scribd. As for Severance I actually loaned it to my daughter 😬I‘m going back to NY in March and I‘ll have it then... totally forgot we were going to buddyread it, Meg. Sorry!!! 5d
Cinfhen I just started listening to a library hold @Kalalalatja and it‘s actually drawing me in 5d
TrishB The reading mojo will come back! I always read crime novels when my concentration is bad. I think because they are so formulaic, person killed, find murderer.! 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I don‘t think we had specific plans. I think we just happened to buy it at the same time! I hope your daughter likes it. Steph, Emily, Lauren and I read Chemistry for the BOTM challenge. Apparently I gave it a pick, but I don‘t remember it well. I can‘t believe that was three years ago!! 🤪🤪 5d
KarenUK If you feel like switching, the Wolf hall audio is good too.... but for my favorite 🧠🍭 in print of last year was (edited) 5d
AlaMich I just discovered Barbara Pym. She‘s definitely light and humorous! 5d
Scochrane26 I always end up reading a rom-com or funny book after too many serious reads. This last week I read Meg & Jo and then the MG Same Sun Here. Both were easy but good. 5d
Billypar I would check this out if you're not opposed to reading about lighthearted pranks. Very funny - I recommend the audio version. And if you get sick of it, you can quit whenever since there's no larger narrative. 5d
Crazeedi Wolf Hall didn't thrill me. I hope you find a good book to get back to your reading happy place. I'm kind of in a "can't concentrate " place too. I have 3 books I'm trying to read and they're fine but I'm just not in a flow...hang in there!! 5d
Reviewsbylola I‘m reading a pretty light one right now that may be a good choice. 4d
Reviewsbylola Also, I was feeling the same way when I was in the middle of Villette. Now that that‘s over, I‘m getting back in my groove. 4d
Cinfhen Wow!!! Can‘t believe that challenge was 3 years ago @Megabooks TIME FLIES ~ we were all such newbies then 😜I‘m enjoying Chemistry as an audio but I‘m not sure I would have liked it as much in print. The stream of consciousness is working because the narration is so on point. 4d
Cinfhen My reading MOJO is BAD, REAL BAD @TrishB I just don‘t want to engage with a book but I‘m enjoying all the recommendations and seeing what others are reading/ suggesting @AlaMich @KarenUK @Scochrane26 @Billypar @Crazeedi @Reviewsbylola 4d
TrishB Maybe a couple of magazines until you feel like 😘 4d
writerlibrarian Welcome back. Ditto on Barbara Pym or E.F. Benson Lucia series is also good. 3d
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TheAromaofBooks
The Wildings | Nilanjana Roy
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I've been in a bit of a book slump the last couple of weeks, so I picked up this one with virtually no anticipation of finishing it. I was pulled almost unwillingly into the story, though - a clan of stray cats living in India is disturbed when a Sender appears in their midst, as legend says that Senders only appear during times of great need - and everything seems to be going well for the clan ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) At first this book was a little difficult to get into, but soon I was completely engaged in the characters, the setting, and the plot. While the animals in this story talk to one another, they still act completely like animals, and I don't think you have to particularly like cats in order to appreciate the complexity of the animal society the author creates. An unexpected pick, and weirdly a book that has drawn me back into reading. 6d
TheAromaofBooks Challenges: #Jennyis30 - Cats (obviously haha) @jenniferw88 || #TurningPagesBingo - Diverse Author || #BackwardsAtoZ - No R 6d
effani I really liked this one too! Glad it helped get you out of your slump. 6d
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TheAromaofBooks @effani - apparently there is also a sequel, which my library doesn't have, but I enjoyed this one so much that I hunted around and found it used for $6 on AbeBooks!! 5d
effani Nice find! I've heard the sequel isn't as good but I've still been meaning to read it. 5d
TheAromaofBooks @effani - I appreciated the way she concluded the first story, but left enough things open that a sequel could be purposeful. We'll see how it goes!! 5d
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Cinfhen
Emma | Jane Austin
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My concentration is off, so listening to this audio was actually perfect. I enjoyed the story well enough although at times it‘s rather slow and plodding. Emma Woodhouse is NO Cher Horowitz, #AsIf but I did find her somewhat charming and likable. The full cast narration was delightful and pushed this book from a so-so to a pick. #JennyIs30 #Regency For someone who does not usually enjoy the Classics, I think audio is the way to go 👍🏻🎧

jenniferw88 Yay! Glad you enjoyed this one - it's actually my least favourite Austen, but I believe everyone has a different order of preference for her novels! 6d
Cinfhen I‘m going to try P&P on audio @jenniferw88 but not quite yet 6d
BarbaraBB My least favorite Austen as well but you managed to tick off another square! 6d
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TrishB I‘ve found a Waterloo novel in hubby‘s piles for this prompt! 6d
ravenlee This one and Mansfield Park are my least favorite Austens. Clueless is so much more fun, one of the best updates I‘ve seen. 5d
Cinfhen Waterloo makes me think of ABBA @TrishB 😂🤪I‘m thinking of reading A Tale of Two Cities does that work for 18th century @jenniferw88 ?? 5d
Cinfhen Clueless is one of my daughter‘s favorite movies and I never knew it was meant to be an adaptation of Emma @ravenlee @LeeRHarry #LiveAndLearn 😉 5d
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen yes it would! 5d
Reviewsbylola I love that audio is working so well for you! 5d
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EadieB
Untitled | Unknown
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1. I read mystery/thrillers all year but have been reading more psychological thrillers recently.

2. Lasagna, chicken pot pie, grilled cheese and soup.

3. High 43, low 25 and cloudy today.

Thanks for tagging me @Eggs #WonderousWednesday

ljuliel Thank you for the tag ❤️ 1w
Eggs #2 love your ‘comfort food‘ choices 🤗🤗 1w
EadieB @Eggs Loved them too! 1w
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gradcat @EadieB Thanks for the tag, Eadie! I‘m a bit late, but I always appreciate a good tag, ha ha! I‘m not doing very well right now, so I may not get to it, so apologies for that...♥️♥️♥️ 6d
EadieB @gradcat sorry to hear that! What‘s the problem? 6d
gradcat @EadieB Hey Eadie! I‘m sorry I‘m so behind in responding to you. I‘ve got a GI problem going on that is particularly debilitating (I can‘t really eat and I‘m very weak), and the doctor is having a hard time finding a prescription that will solve the problem. But it‘s getting a bit better—it‘s a process!—so I hope to be back with you guys soon. At least I am reading a lot...now I just need to post my reviews! Thanks for asking. Hope you are well ♥️ 3d
EadieB @gradcat So sorry you are having problems. Hope you feel better soon! Your book should arrive between Tuesday and Thursday. 2d
gradcat @EadieB Thank you very much for that, Eadie! I plan to read it for the Victorian prompt in #Jennyis30 challenge—it‘s absolutely perfect for me & for the prompt. I am getting better now...they found a drug that is finally working, I think—I‘m keeping my fingers crossed, because I‘ve gotten so weak through all of this. Hopefully, the doctor has found the answer now—yay! Thank you so much for thinking of me...I‘ve been missing you guys! ♥️ 1d
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Cinfhen
Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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This book was better than I ever imagined! Fabulous narration made listening to this story a treat and added to the setting and words brilliantly penned by Daphne Du Maurier. #ClassicsChallenge2020 #JennyIs30

WatsonReads I remember being so surprised by this book when I read it. I had judged it by the title alone. One of my all-time favourites.
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squirrelbrain There‘s not many books I have read more than once - this is one of them. ❤️ 1w
Cathythoughts The old movie is so good too ✨ 1w
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ElaineR One of my absolute faves. Love it so much. Glad you enjoyed it. 1w
ElaineR @Cathythoughts I second this. 1w
KatieDid927 Such a timeless novel. 1w
BarbaraBB Now you can read all other books by DuMaurier. She has so many good ones! 1w
squirrelbrain @TrishB and I did a #buddyread of this one last year - very good! 1w
Cinfhen Will look out for that title/ thanks @squirrelbrain 💜 1w
TrishB It was one of my only successful buddy reads it has to be said @squirrelbrain 1w
rubyslippersreads One of my very favorites too. I‘ll have to try it as an audiobook. 1w
jenniferw88 Cornwall & Daphne du Maurier are special to me because my Gran lived there for a while, & I still have some relatives living there, so this book was very appropriate for my bingo card! I enjoyed this one, but my favourite that I've read by her is 1w
Cinfhen I‘m so thankful I found this book because of your challenge @jenniferw88 ❣️❣️It was one of my favorite audios so far this year @rubyslippersreads 💓💓💓 (edited) 7d
Reviewsbylola You‘re really going hard on the classics. You‘ve been reading some of my faves! 5d
Cinfhen I‘m about to pick up this one next @Reviewsbylola 5d
Reviewsbylola Ok, well that one is not one of my favorites. 😆 Excited to see what you think of it! 5d
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erzascarletbookgasm
Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun | Cornelia Funke, Guillermo Del Toro
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Set against the backdrop of fascist Spain 1940s this is a dark & heartbreaking tale of a young girl‘s imaginative journey to another kingdom filled with fantastical creatures, while soldiers are killing rebels in the real world. A mix of dark fantasy and politics, the book captures the evils of war very well. Great for those who like magic & a little darkness in their reads.
#jennyis30 #fantasy
#ReadingEurope2020 #Spain
#Booked2020 #covercrush

Cathythoughts Nice cover for #covercrush ✨❤️ 1w
youneverarrived That is a beautiful cover 💙 1w
Librarybelle That is a very nice cover! 1w
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Cinfhen A #TripleHeader 🥳Well done 👌🏾 1w
4thhouseontheleft Nice pick for #CoverCrush! 1w
nu-bibliophile I want that book sooo bad!! 1w
Kalalalatja Great cover 👌 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Gorgeous cover. The movie was fab ... glad the book was too! 1w
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